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Honey in the Marrow

Written by:
Emily Waters
Narrated by:
Anastasia Watley

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2023
9 hours 23 minutes
An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers lesbian romance about finding heart, hope, and second chances you never thought you'd have.

Stella Carter is a former criminal prosecutor and new widow facing down middle age alone in Los Angeles. Without being a prestigious lawyer and someone's wife, she's not sure who she is anymore or where her life is headed.

When she invites her niece to move in with her, Stella accidentally reconnects with her former colleague, LAPD Captain Elizabeth Murphy. The woman is beautiful but cold; someone she was always at odds with on the job.

Surprisingly, Stella finds herself leaning on her niece and Elizabeth more and more to navigate her loss. But as time goes on, Stella can't keep seeing Elizabeth and pretending she's not attracted to her. Besides, there's absolutely no way Elizabeth feels the same way. Is there?

Contains mature themes.
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Jude S.

It’s the third time I review this story—as fanfiction then as Emily Waters’ debut novel (both reviews are on my blog:—and I have loved every one. Honey in the Marrow is one of the best stories I’ve read about grief and it also has one of my favourite almost-first kiss and one of my favourite first sex scene. Stella’s and Elizabeth’s journey towards themselves and each other is beautiful and Anastasia Watley more than does all the emotions justice. The voices aren’t always distinct enough for me, except for Elizabeth’s, which is absolutely swoon-worthy, and I lost focus at times but the writing made it easy enough to follow and/or catch up. There is, however, a sensuality to the narration that serves this story perfectly. I mentioned in my review of the book that it was both mellow and deep, and Anastasia Watley’s voice is that as well, as is the pace, thick and smooth, warm, strong yet soft. The author announced recently that her next book will be published on January 17th 2024 and I’m very excited to find out where she takes us next.

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